Found February 11, 2013 on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land:
First of all, let me say this:  I think the Cardinals will sign Adam Wainwright to an extension and it will likely happen before the start of the 2013 season.  However, I also thought the same thing regarding Albert Pujols.  In fact, I was almost certain the Cardinals and Pujols would come to terms, right up to the point that he signed with the Angles. I've already taken a look at some of the factors the Cardinals must weigh regarding a possible extension with Wainwright.  So, in the interest of covering all the bases, let's take a look at the Cardinals other options: Free Agency If the Cardinals cannot reach an agreement with Wainwright, the most obvious choice they have is to let Adam become a free agent after the 2013 season.  If this were to happen, its likely that the Cards will make Wainwright a qualifying offer, so that they can at least receive draft pick compensation should he sign elsewhere.  The Cardinals can then let the market determine his price and see...
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